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Ladies Don't Have as Good a Sense of Humor as Men Do
We know you don't believe this myth...but here's some scientific proof to share the next time your old-fashioned Uncle Freddy brings it up: When researchers from the National Academy of Sciences asked participants to rate cartoons while functional magnetic response imaging monitored their brain activity, they found that women's brains lit up more. There was more activity in the women's left prefrontal cortex and nucleus accumbens, which Barnes-Svarney says may mean that the women found the humor to be even more rewarding than the men did. And the funnier the cartoon, the more strongly the women responded, causing the researchers to believe that women were more pleased about getting the joke. Studies like this show that women have an even greater appreciation of punch lines and pratfalls than we get credit for.